The board also addressed concerns that the projects could be detrimental to the environment.
“Rail, oil and maritime shipping are three of the most substantially regulated industries in the nation and in our state,” Mike O’Dell, Vice Chair said. “We believe that those protections will serve the Harbor, and already have in the case of Imperium and Westway. If we felt there was truly a conflict between this industry and tourism, or commercial fishing or shell fishing, we would not have supported Crude by Rail.”
The board also noted that there are successful Crude By Rail shipping facilities at the Port of Tacoma and along the Columbia River. “This is not a new business model,” Kahl added.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Crude By Rail project is invited to attend the Business Forum Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Aberdeen Elks. Representatives from Westway and Imperium will be on hand to present and answer questions. Reservations are mandatory, and are $15 for members who RSVP by April 19, $20 for non-members. Lunch is included. Call 532-1924 for reservations.